Core Team

Victoria Reyes-García

ICREA Research Professor

ICREA Research Professor and LICCI director

Petra Benyei

Postdoctoral researcher

Rural sociologist interested in the interface between science and technology studies and political agroecology

André Braga Junqueira

Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher interested in ethnoecology, historical ecology and indigenous resource management systems

Mouna Chambon

Ph.D. researcher

Tropical ecologist and social scientist interested in gendered perceptions of climate change Impacts.

David García del Amo

Ph.D. researcher

PhD Researcher interested in climate change and Indigenous and kocal knowledge

Xiaoyue Li

Postdoctoral researcher

Applied environmental anthropologist

Laura Calvet-Mir

Research coordinator

Environmental scientist interested in biocultural diversity, agroecology, and political ecology.

Vincent Porcher

Ph.D. researcher

Tropical ecologist interested in ethnobotany and children’s ecological knowledge

Anna Porcuna Ferrer

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental biologist interested in agroecology, ethnobotany, and local ecological knowledge

Anna Schlingmann

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental scientist investigating local climate change impacts and adaptation strategies

Ramin Soleymani

Software engineer

Computer scientist interested in open science, citizen science, environmental activism and art

Santiago Alvarez Fernandez

Data Scientist

Marine biologist and expertise in data handling and statistical analyses.

Ouerle Chao

Ph.D. researcher

Anthropologist interested in climate change impacts on Mongolian culture, traditional knowledge.

Ethical Advisor

Michael Schönhuth

(Dr. phil in Cultural Anthropology, 1989, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br.) is the Ethics Adviser of LICCI. He is a specialist in the field of anthropologically oriented network analysis. Empirically his research focuses on Africa, India, Russia and the Caucasus. His scholarly interests are migration regimes, development anthropology, and the ethical and socio-cultural dimensions of anthropology. He also has strong methodological foundations in the field of network analysis and participatory learning and research approaches.

Research Advisors

Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares Onrubia 

(Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, 2015, Autonomous University of Barcelona) is an ethnoecologist based at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, the University of Helsinki, Finland. Most of his research focuses on the study of indigenous and local knowledge systems and the application of biocultural approaches to conservation and climate change adaptation. He has participated in international research projects in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Madagascar and has conducted more than 25 months of ethnographic fieldwork, mostly with Indigenous communities. He has co-authored over 35 scientific articles and is a Fellow of the IPBES Global Assessment.

Vanesse Labeyrie 

(Ph.D. in Population Biology, 2013, Montpellier SupAgro) is a researcher at the GREEN research unit in CIRAD, Montpellier, working at the interface between agroecology and ethnoecology. Currently, she is a visiting researcher at ICTA-UAB, funded by the French National Research Agency.* In the LICCI project, she is in charge of a thematic group analysing the relations between crop diversity management and climate change. Her research aims to understand how rural populations in the tropics manage plant diversity in agricultural landscapes and how to deal with the spatial heterogeneity and temporal variability of their environment. She is particularly interested in understanding how biological resources and agroecological knowledge circulate through social networks and how the properties of these networks influence agroecosystems’ resilience in the face of global changes. Her current projects are based in diversified agroecosystems in Madagascar and Senegal.

Christoph Schunko

(Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 2016, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna) is Assistant Professor at the Department for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. In his research, he focuses on ecological and socio-cultural sustainability of wild plant gathering. He adopts multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives from ethnobotany and organic farming and gained ample experience through working in several projects in European and non-European countries, rural and urban areas and on commercial and non-commercial gathering. In his collaboration with LICCI, he works on local climate-related indicators for wild plant gathering and the impact of a changing climate on gathering practices.

Sonia Graham

(Ph.D. in Sociology, 2012, Charles Sturt University, Australia) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong, Australia. Her research investigates environmental collective action, justice and values. She is passionate about social research methods and teaches a variety of quantitative and qualitative social research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her current project at ICTA is investigating international examples of collective adaptation to sea-level rise. In her collaboration with LICCI, she works on understanding the “bright spots” that show why and how local and indigenous communities adapt to climate change.

Sandrine Gallois

(PhD in Environmental Science and Ethnoecology, 2016, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and National Museum of Natural History, France) is a ethnoecologist based at Leiden University, Netherlands. Her research focuses mostly on human-environment relations including local ecological knowledge and knowledge acquisition in a context of global changes. She has conducted extensive fieldwork amongst indigenous people in Peru and Cameroon. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her areas of interest are biocultural diversity, cultural transmission, childhood, ethnobotany, social-ecological systems and science-policy interface.


Huran Tonalli Drouet Cruz

Huran is a MSc student in Tropical Ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels.  With a background in marine ethnoecology, his research interests include coastal and marine socio-ecological systems, local and traditional ecological knowledge and inclusive sustainable fisheries management. From 2018 to 2020 he was an intern in the Laboratorio de estudios Transdisciplinarios sobre el Ambiente(LAB-ETA) at the ENES, Morelia (Mx) where he assisted different projects applying transdisciplinary approaches. Currently, he is an intern at the LICCI Team assisting the project “Systematic review on gender-inclusive management in coastal socio-ecological systems”, where he seeks to learn more aspects of coastal communities.

Tisma Rahman Ahmed

Tisma Rahman Ahmed is an MSc student in Environment and Development at King’s College London. Her areas of study include food security, sustainable markets, and traditional agriculture. She is particularly interested in indigenous agriculture systems and understanding how local knowledge of the land could play a key role in climate change mitigation and adaptation. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of the Arts London, and before joining LICCI as an intern, she worked in digital communications and design experience, so she will be helping improve the OpenTEK citizen science platform.

Francesca Borgeshi

Francesca Borghesi is a MSc student in International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include sustainable food systems studies, food sovereignty and agriculture. She recently conducted fieldwork in Barcelona studying agroecological food markets. She is also interested in how climate change affects local communities, especially related to agricultural and food changes. In her internship at LICCI she participates in a literature review on community adaptations to climate change.

Gaitán Estupiñá

Gaitán Estupiñá is a bachelor student in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His academic interests are wide ranging, focussing on topics from Political Anthropology to Human Ecology. He aims o explore how these fields are interconnected in the context of struggles and social movements defending Indigenous territories and knowledge. He strongly believes in the need to apply anthropological knowledge and methods in public policy design and implementation. In the LICCI project he will be conducting fieldwork about climate change impacts perceived by peri-urban gardeners in Vilafranca del Penedès (Catalonia) 

Previous members

Marta Rosell Codina, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2021

Marijn Zant, International Land & Water Management intern, 2020

Tracy Appiah, Political Sciences intern, 2020

Guillem Ribó, Social Sciences intern, 2020

Miquel Monés Perderzini, Environmental Sciences intern, 2020

Johanna Marthe Winkelmann, OpenTEK citizen science platform intern, 2020

Clara Vadez, LICCI data analysis intern, 2020

Alexandra Castañeda, OpenTEK citizen science platform intern, 2020

Marina Sabaté, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Marta Rallo, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Angelo Fossati, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Irene Martínez Sanesteban, politics intern, 2019-2020

Francesca Lesi, environmental policy intern, 2019-2020

Marzia Panaccione, climate studies intern, 2019-2020

Corinne Drouin, project manager, 2018-2019

Claudia Geffner Fuenmayor, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Ana Lleida Añón, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Elisabet Marcos Furones, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Denise Margaret S. Matias, post-doctoral research fellow, 2018-2019

Konstantina Gravani, doctoral research fellow, 2018